Freshman Amy Meier ties for seventh as three Buckeyes finish in top 20

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 24th-ranked Ohio State women’s golf team continued the strong start to its spring schedule by finishing runner-up at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge Tuesday. The Buckeyes concluded their second round in the morning with the lowest team score of the two-day, 54-hole event at even-par 292, then matched their first-round score of 302 in round three for a total of 896 (+20) on the par 73, 6,265-yard course at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga.

Tulane took the tournament crown with a score of 889, seven strokes ahead of Ohio State. The Green Wave was led by medalist Janine Fellows with a 2-under 217. The 18-team field featured 11 teams ranked in the top 30 of the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings.

“I thought we played really well,” Therese Hession, in her 19th year Ohio State head coach, said. “We were steady as a team. Everyone contributed against this quality field and I’m really proud of our team’s performance.”

For the second-consecutive event, freshman Amy Meier was the top finisher for the Buckeyes in a tie for seventh at 3-over 222. After opening with a 79 Monday, the Rochester Hills, Mich., native fired a 70 in her second round to tie for the low round of the tournament. She had a span during round two where she birdied five of six holes. Meier secured her first top 10 finish with a solid final round of even-par 73 that included four birdies to offset four bogies.

“Amy was very steady,” Hession said. “She ran off a nice string of birdies yesterday and was solid as a rock today in very difficult conditions. I’m proud of her stepping up.”

Tying for 16th were senior Emma Jandel and freshman Rachel Rohanna at 225. Along with Meier, Jandel tied for the low round with a second-round 70. The team captain from Dayton, Ohio, started and ended strong with two birdies on her opening six holes and two birdies in her final three holes. Jandel couldn’t find the touch in her final round though, closing with a 79.

Rohanna was consistent throughout the tournament with three rounds of 75. The Waynesburg, Pa., product made par on 37 of 54 holes including 14 in the second round.

After starting out strong with a 72, sophomore Vicky Villanueva stumbled in her next two rounds with 79-77. She finished tied for 26th at 228.

Rounding out the Buckeye lineup was junior In Hong Lim, who tied for 46th at 233 after round of 79-77-77.

Ohio State will be off until a spring break trip to Athens, Ga., to compete in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Challenge, March 26-28.

Kinderlou Forest Challenge – Final
Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, Valdosta, Ga.
Par 73, 6,265 yards

Team Standings Scores
1. Tulane   293-296-300-889 (+13)
2. Ohio State    302-292-302-896 (+20)
3. Tennessee  299-298-304-901 (+25)
T-4. Georgia    302-296-305-903 (+27)
T-4. Vanderbilt    300-302-301-903 (+27)
6. Virginia    302-305-301-908 (+32)
T-7. Florida  295-309-309-913 (+37)
T-7. Mississippi  307-299-307-913 (+37)
9. LSU   299-308-308-915 (+39)
10. Florida State  307-302-307-916 (+40)
11. South Carolina 304-308-307-919 (+43)
12. Kent State   307-303-311-921 (+45)
13. Arkansas  308-313-305-926 (+50)
14. North Carolina 318-318-309-945 (+69)
T-15. Kentucky  313-322-318-953 (+77)
T-15. Chattanooga   322-311-320-953 (+77)
17. Kennesaw State  315-323-321-959 (+83)
18. Mississippi State 323-321-320-964 (+88)

Ohio State Results Scores
T-7. Amy Meier  79-70-73-222 (+3)
T-16. Emma Jandel 76-70-79-225 (+6)
T-16. Rachel Rohanna 75-75-75-225 (+6)
T-26. Vicky Villanueva 72-79-77-228 (+9)
T-46. In Hong Lim 79-77-77-233 (+14)